LGL250 - Legal Research for Paralegals

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Subject Title
Legal Research for Paralegals

Subject Description
This subject provides students with an introduction to legal research and basic techniques of good legal writing. Students develop the skills necessary to analyze simple legal problems and to research basic legal questions. Students learn how to find and update primary sources of law using both paper and computerized sources. Students learn how to read, interpret and apply statutes, regulations and cases. Emphasis is placed on Ontario and federal law.

Credit Status
This is a credit subject applicable to the Paralegal Diploma Program offered through the School of Legal and Public Administration.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

1. Distinguish between primary and secondary sources of law.

2. Interpret statutes and regulations and, using appropriate research methods, find and update applicable Ontario and federal statutes and regulations using both paper and electronic sources.

3. Interpret case law, identify the main elements of a case and, using appropriate research methods, find and update applicable Canadian case law using both paper and electronic sources.

4. Assess a simple fact situation, identify its relevant legal issues and formulate an analysis of these issues by interpreting and applying the legal principles set out in relevant statutes, regulations and case law

5. Use appropriate secondary sources of law to research basic legal issues, including the print and electronic versions of the Canadian Encyclopedic Digest and the Canadian Abridgment, Quicklaw, CanLII and other internet-based research sources.

6. Apply Boolean search concepts and strategies and develop basic keyword searches.

7. Use correct print and electronic legal citations.

8. Applying the principles of good legal writing,draft simple legal memoranda.

9. Exhibit a professional attitude, as evidenced by an ability to meet deadlines, complete assignments and perform tests and in-class assignments as scheduled.

Essential Employability Skills
Communicate clearly, concisely and correctly in the written, spoken and visual form that fulfils the purpose and meets the needs of the audience.

Respond to written, spoken, or visual messages in a manner that ensures effective communication.

Apply a systematic approach to solve problems.

Use a variety of thinking skills to anticipate and solve problems.

Locate, select, organize, and document information using appropriate technology and information systems.

Analyze, evaluate, and apply relevant information from a variety of sources.

Show respect for diverse opinions, values, belief systems, and contributions of others.

Interact with others in groups or teams in ways that contribute to effective working relationships and the achievement of goals.

Manage the use of time and other resources to complete projects.

Take responsibility for one's own actions, decisions, and consequences.

Cheating and Plagiarism
Each student should be aware of the College's policy regarding Cheating and Plagiarism. Seneca's Academic Policy will be strictly enforced.

To support academic honesty at Seneca College, all work submitted by students may be reviewed for authenticity and originality, utilizing software tools and third party services. Please visit the Academic Honesty site on http://library.senecacollege.ca for further information regarding cheating and plagiarism policies and procedures.

All students and employees have the right to study and work in an environment that is free from discrimination and/or harassment. Language or activities that defeat this objective violate the College Policy on Discrimination/Harassment and shall not be tolerated. Information and assistance are available from the Student Conduct Office at student.conduct@senecacollege.ca.

Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Disabilities Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.